April 29, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State Seminoles’ men’s and women’s track and field teams completed a succesful weekend which included two meets. Florida State opened the weekend at the nationally prominent Penn Relays, and concluded
competition at the Florida Field Event Classic. Florida State posted several impressive marks against top competition in Philadelphia, Penn., the latest of which was a ninth-place finish in the collegiate division of the 4x800m relays.
While FSU sent a limited number of athletes to the Penn Relays, a larger group went up against Florida, Central Florida and others in the Gainesville, Fla. Starting the weekend off was the pole vault duo of Megan Robbins and Lindsay Osborn. Robbins led the duo with a mark of 12-00.50, tying the third-best mark on the day. Osborn, after clearing a season-best mark at the ACC Championships, finished fifth with a mark of 11-08.50. Kim Jones followed with a first-place finish in the long jump. Jones hit the sand with a mark of 18-09.75, to better the next closest competitor by over a foot. Karen Rademeyer rounded out the women’s squad with a first-place finish in the javelin (144-00) followed by a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw (153-05).
Leading the men’s squad was NCAA provisional qualifier Byron Taylor. Taylor crossed the line in 52.62 for the title in the the 400m intermediate hurdles. Christian Bland followed with a second-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6-8.00. In the pole vault, Jeff Atkinson led Florida State to a third-place finish, clearing the bar at 16-05.50. Teammate Jason Dean was right behind Atkinson, clearing 15-11.75, finishing fourth. Dorian Scott continued to come on strong, nabbing a third-place finish in the shot put (51-04.25) while Marquis Johnson tallied a fifth-place finish in the discus (156-00). Ryan O’Donnell rounded out the competition with a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw, tossing the implement 167-01.
The Seminoles will now return home to Mike Long Track where they will continue to prepare for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. May 5-6, Florida State will send select athletes to the Jesse Owens Invite in Columbus, Ohio, while the remainder of the squad will head to Athens, Ga., to compete in the Georgia Bulldog Classic.